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Should States Bear the Brunt of Paying to Fix the Nation's Bridges and Roads?

Should States Bear the Brunt of Paying to Fix the Nation's Bridges and Roads?

Congress has not hiked the gas tax since 1993, but the Highway Trust Fund can't keep pace with construction and repair costs nationwide.

The Drive
BY KATE GIBSON
NOVEMBER 10, 2017

There's bipartisan agreement that the nation's roads and bridges are in need of repair, but there are conflicting views on how to fund the fixes, a stalemate that has underlined a trend that has states picking up a greater portion of the nationwide tab, which runs in the hundreds of billions each year.

This week, a half a dozen states collectively received $15.5 million to research new ways of funding highway and bridge projects, with the federal agency issuing the grants saying federal funds to cover the work are gradually being depleted..

The grants fund seven projects proposed by six states, California, Colorado, Delaware, Missouri, Washington, and Oregon, to test user-based approaches to raising revenue, the Federal Highway Administration said in a release. The ideas include on-board vehicle technologies to charge drivers based on miles traveled and multi-state or regional approaches to road user charges... FULL ARTICLE

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